The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in physics. Now as a graduate student I work on astrophysics of compact objects both theoretically and experimentally.
On the theoretical side, I work on tidal interactions in compact binary neutron star systems, focusing on microphysical effects such as the neutron superfluidity and the presence of exotic forms of matter. The theoretical modeling of super-Eddington winds in some type-I X-ray bursts is another filed I am interested in.
On the experimental side, I am a member of the LIGO lab working on modeling and commissioning of the interferometer. I am especially interested in studying the LIGO alignment sensing and control system to increase its robustness and noise performance.